Author Interviews

6:15am

Fri June 6, 2014
Author Interviews

Wait A Second ... Is That Hitchhiker John Waters?

Originally published on Wed June 25, 2014 3:23 am

Filmmaker John Waters recently hitchhiked across America and said it reaffirmed his belief in the goodness of people.
Jason Kempin Getty Images for EJAF

A couple of years ago, film director and writer John Waters decided to hitchhike alone from his Baltimore home to his apartment in San Francisco — and see what happened. The so-called Pope of Trash — the man behind the films Pink Flamingos and Cry-Baby — managed to get many rides — 21 in all. He chronicles his cross-country adventure in a new book called Carsick.

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3:36pm

Tue June 3, 2014
Author Interviews

From Lunch (n.) To Balding (adj.), Some Words Are Just 'Bad English'

Originally published on Sat June 7, 2014 9:02 pm

Ammon Shea, author of Reading the OED, has just come out with a new book about words — words like "dilapidated," "balding" and "lunch." Shea says those words were once frowned upon, as were more than 200 other words he has compiled.

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5:00am

Tue May 20, 2014
Agriculture

Could Hemp Bring An 'Agricultural Revolution?'

Hemp is grown for its fibers and seeds and lacks high concentrations of the psychoactive compound found in marijuana.
Credit Luke Runyon / KUNC and Harvest Public Media

5:21am

Fri April 18, 2014
Author Interviews

Sen. Elizabeth Warren Writes Of A Worldview Shaped In Youth

Originally published on Fri April 18, 2014 9:10 am

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren became an unlikely media star following the 2008 financial crisis.

She was a plainspoken law professor from Harvard who advocated on behalf of families and consumers affected by the Wall Street meltdown.

Warren was brought to Washington to help monitor the multibillion-dollar bank bailout package.

As part of that work, Warren helped to create the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau — a watchdog agency that oversees and enforces consumer finance laws.

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3:40pm

Sun April 6, 2014
Author Interviews

In Book's Trial Of U.S. Justice System, Wealth Gap Is Exhibit A

Originally published on Sun April 6, 2014 4:56 pm

Courtesy of Random House

Investigative journalist and author Matt Taibbi has long reported on American politics and business. With an old-school muckraker's nose for corruption, he examined the events leading up to the 2008 financial crisis in Griftopia. With Gonzo zeal, he described a two-party political system splintered into extreme factions in The Great Derangement.

And in his newest book, Taibbi sets out to explain what he thinks is a strange state of affairs:

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